BUTLER, NJ - Less than 24 hours after the Ribbon for Veterans ceremony, A Hero's Welcome Northern New Jersey (AHWHNJ) led a group of volunteers in the annual laying of wreaths during Wreaths Across America.
Rose Pagan, coordinator of AHWNJ, said approximately 40 volunteers from the organization and Hasbrouck Heights traveled to Butler to remember veterans and lay wreaths on the graves. The group worked in the rain and fog throughout the day.
This is the third year the group has participated in this annual event. This year 700+ veterans' graves received wreaths at Mount Rest Cemetery. The wreaths are paid for by volunteers and fundraising efforts throughout the year.
"This is about remembering their service, and honoring their sacrifice," said Pagan. "For some of these people, it's the only time they get remembered every year."
Wreaths Across America "coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 1,400 locations across the United States, at sea and abroad," according to its website. Its mission it to Remember, Honor, and Teach. It remembers veterans from the Revolutionary War to present day conflicts.
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